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  • Short Summary

    Reconstruction of cinema accompaniment during the silent era by three lady musicians.

  • Description

    Unused / unissued material - no paperwork - dates unclear or unknown

    Three women dressed in clothes of the 1910s or early 1920s sit in the orchestra pit of a cinema and play along as if watching a film on a cinema screen. This is staged and probably filmed in the 1930s or 40s - hard to tell. A reconstruction of what silent cinema accompaniment might have looked like.

    NB - no sound.

    Various shots of the women playing. One plays the piano, another a violin and the third percussion. They look up towards the screen and flashes of light play on their faces as if a film were being screened.

    C/U of the woman playing the violin. She stops to look at her sheet music then looks back towards the screen as if following the action. She turns the page of her music then continues playing. More of same.

    M/S of the three playing. They look backwards and forwards between the screen and their sheet music. The pianist reaches down and picks up a cup of tea which she drinks while playing with one hand. More shots of the trio.

    Clapperboard reads something like Rowson / Steward / Lee.

    A couple of the women could almost be men in drag - it is a bit Hinge and Brackett!

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:03:00 / 01:45:57:00
    UN 124 B

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